• Advocacy. Education. Networking.

    The Black Business Association (BBA) is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) corporation established in 1974 as the American Black Merchants Association.

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    Our impact in the community would not be as effective without the help of our Partners in Progress. We work together to for your success!

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  • Join the BBA Today!

    There’s no better time than now to become a member of the Black Business Association of Memphis! Your investment affords us the opportunity to provide services and resources to help advance your business! Your membership in the BBA will be as valuable as you desire.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BBA Lunch & Learn this THURSDAY!!!

The “BBA Lunch & Learn Series” is designed to equip you with the information you need to make informed decisions when it comes to operating your business. Our topic of discussion will be "Your Health". This Thursday April 23, we will welcome Dr. Terrell (Terri) Carpenter of Carpenter Primary Healthcare, PLLC located at 1251 Wesley Drive, Suite 104. Additionally, the Taylor Brown Apothecary will speak as well. This will take place at the Renaissance Business Center located at 555 Beale Street from 11:30am until 1pm. Lunch will be provided and admission is FREE! The BBA Lunch & Learns are a great networking opportunity. Grab plenty of business cards & make plans to join us! Call us to RSVP at 901.526-9300 or simply respond to this email. 

2015 Benny Awards Tickets are Still Available!

The 2015 Benny Awards are approaching fast and its time to get your tickets NOW! This years keynote speaker Ms.Susan L. Taylor, Editor Emeritus of Essence Magazine and Founder & CEO of National Cares Mentoring Movement. She will be speaking on Leadership. Also, Cliff Stockton of the Memphis Chamber will be honored with the Lifetime Acheivement Award and some of our best and brightest minority business owners will be honored as well. It takes place at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn on Friday May 1st from 11:30-1pm. Tickets are $50 each and $500 per table of ten. Get yours HERE!

Sign up for the BBA/USBC Solution Series!

Dont forget to sign up for the BBA/USBC Solution Series coming up on May 1st! The first of many collaborations between the BBA and the US Black Chamber, this is a very informative series of panel discussions design to connect you with new tools and resources to help you to grow your business! The BBA/USBC Solution Series is FREE to attend and is part of the 2-Day Boom Conference scheduled for April 30th and May 1st. Don't wait! Take advantage of this opportunity NOW! Get registered and receive more information HERE!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The MORE Power Summit

Opening the BOOM Conference the first day will be the MORE Power Summit. Conference attendees will have an opportunity to meet procurement officials from government, retail and corporations, explore best business practices, attend a Shark-Tank style competition and hear Lisa Price (founder of Carol’s Daughter’s skin care products) share her personal journey about how she transformed her home-based business into a multi-million dollar deal with L’Oreal. Get more information HERE!

Make Your Benny Awards Nominations HERE!

Nominations for the 2015 Benny Awards are open will end on Monday April 20th. For 2015, the Black Business Association of Memphis is looking for outstanding service and retail businesses, corporations and business professionals who have reached new heights, provided exemplary service, business opportunities, or leadership to further the vision of minority entrepreneurship, empowerment, business development or community service. Categories include:






1.    Outstanding Woman-Owned Business Award recognizes a woman-owned business that has demonstrated outstanding profitability, employee growth, use of technology, professional leadership, customer service, and community involvement.

2.    Outstanding Professional Service Award recognizes a professional service business (e.g., attorneys, consultants, healthcare professionals, insurance agents, realtors, etc.) for outstanding achievement in profitability, growth, leadership and professional development, customer service, and community involvement.

3.    Outstanding Service Provider Award recognizes a business in a service industry for outstanding profitability, employee and customer growth, use of technology, professional leadership, customer service, and community involvement.

4.    Outstanding Business Professional Award honors an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to excellence and outstanding professional achievements and personal standards and who serves as a role model for others.

5.    Outstanding Business of the Year Award recognizes a retail or service business for overall excellence and outstanding achievements in all aspects of business.